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Rural Development Department fails in its mandate, concentrates on alien subject
Discusses menstrual hygiene during workshop at Jammu
2/9/2019 11:40:25 PM
Jehangir Rashid

Early Times Report

SRINAGAR, Feb 9: It seems the Rural Development Department (RDD) has lost its mandate and instead of focusing on problems being faced by people of rural areas the department has forayed into areas that are primarily subject areas of the health department.
A press note issued by Department of Information said that in order to improve cleanliness, hygiene and the general quality of life in rural areas, Directorate of Rural Sanitation, J&K today organized workshop on Solid Liquid Resource Management (SLRM) and Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM). The subject of menstrual hygiene is the baby of health department and the RDD is not expected to delve on this topic. The people who are expert in matters of rural development cannot be expected to deliver on all important subject of menstrual hygiene and that too in villages located across the length and breadth of the state. Sources told Early Times that since the RDD has failed on its given agenda it is now foraying into areas that can be never be its subject matter. They said over the years the RDD has failed to implement the flagship centrally sponsored schemes in Jammu & Kashmir. "Over the years the RDD has failed to implement its programmes and in order to cover its failure the department has now starting beating the trumpet about the programmes regarding health and hygiene. One can never underestimate importance of health and hygiene but there is a specified department for the same," said sources. Sources said the experts roped in by RDD for effective implementation and monitoring of centrally sponsored schemes have failed to deliver. They said the experts despite receiving fat salary have done no wonders when it comes to implementing the schemes connected with the concerned department.
"Some people have pointed fingers towards role of experts in Jammu & Kashmir and in order to show some performance these people (experts) are concentrating on topics like menstrual hygiene in rural areas. The experts have lost their basic mandate and are concentrating on alien topics like menstrual hygiene," said sources.
Although, the Department of Information claimed that menstrual hygiene was one of the topics of the workshop it dedicated just a sentence towards the same. It said the aim of workshop was to empower women in the state through appropriate Hygiene & Sanitation practices.
On this occasion, Deane De Menezes, Founder, "Red is the new Green" an expert on Menstrual Hygiene Management discussed about myths and taboos related to menstruation and also shared mechanism for menstrual preparedness in schools, and defining objectives of Menstrual Hygiene Management programme in rural areas of the state, said the press note.
The comments of expert on menstrual hygiene give an overview in the general context and there was nothing specific about the same. In other words it can be said that since RDD has failed in its own mandate it is devoting its energy towards things supposed to be carried out by some other government department.
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